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Arthur "Art" Farrell (February 8, 1877 – February 7, 1909) was a Canadian ice hockey player, author and businessman. Farrell played for St. Mary's College in the 1890s and later the Montreal Shamrocks in the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada (AHAC) and Canadian Amateur Hockey League (CAHL). Born in Montreal, Quebec, Farrell helped lead the Shamrocks to Stanley Cup victories in 1899 and 1900.

Art Farrell
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1965
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Born (1877-02-08)February 8, 1877
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died February 7, 1909(1909-02-07) (aged 31)
Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada
Position Centre
Played for Montreal Shamrocks
Playing career 1896–1900

He wrote the first ever book on ice hockey, Hockey: Canada's Royal Winter Game, published in 1899 and of which only four remaining copies are known to exist in the world. He went on to write two "how-to" books on hockey: Ice hockey and ice polo guide of 1901-1904 [1] and How to play Ice Hockey, published in 1907.


Personal lifeEdit

Farrell was born in Montreal, Quebec, the son of William Farrell and Mary Meagher. He was the fourth child of eight. His father was a successful businessman and Montreal alderman.[2]

After leaving hockey in 1901, Farrell went into his father's business firm and wrote books on ice hockey, revising his 1899 book for the American market.[2] Farrell fell ill with tuberculosis in 1906, and entered the sanatorium in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, where he died in 1909. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1965,[3] along with his teammate Fred Scanlan, as a player.

Playing careerEdit

Farrell studied and played ice hockey at St. Mary's College from 1895 until 1896. While there, he met future Shamrocks' players Harry Trihey, Fred Scanlan and Jack Brannen. In 1897, the four joined the Montreal Shamrocks. Farrell, along with Trihey, Scanlan and Brannen would form an impressive offensive line for the Shamrocks. (In those days, four forwards played as a line, including a rover.) The Shamrocks would win their league championship and the Stanley Cup in 1899 and 1900. The group played one more season together with the Shamrocks, then all four (and in fact the entire team) left the Shamrocks and Farrell and Trihey left competitive play entirely. While still playing, Farrell served as referee in CAHL games, and he continued as a referee after he retired as a player.[4]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1893–94 St. Mary's College AHAC-J
1894–95 St. Mary's College AHAC-J
1895–96 St. Mary's College AHAC-J
1896–97 Montreal Shamrocks AHAC 2 2 0 2
1897–98 Berlin H/C OHA-I 2 6 0 6
1898–99 Montreal Shamrocks CAHL 8 8 0 8
1898–99 Montreal Shamrocks Stanley Cup 1 2 0 2
1899–1900 Montreal Shamrocks CAHL 7 13 0 13
1899–1900 Montreal Shamrocks Stanley Cup 5 10 0 10
1900–01 Montreal Shamrocks CAHL 8 10 0 10
1900–01 Montreal Shamrocks Stanley Cup 2 1 0 1 2


  • Hockey Hall of Fame (2003). Honoured Members: Hockey Hall of Fame. Bolton, Ontario: Fenn Publishing. ISBN 1-55168-239-7.
  1. ^ "Spalding’s Athletic Library Ice Hockey and Ice Polo Guide, American Sports Publishing Company, 1901" part of the Official Rules for Ice Hockey, Speed Skating, Figure Skating and Curling Spalding Library series.
  2. ^ a b "Profile: Arthur Farrell". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
  3. ^ Hockey Hall of Fame, p. 68.
  4. ^ "Big Surprise Was Sprung". Ottawa Journal. February 10, 1902. p. 10.

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